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OO Boardgamers, what did you play this weekend?

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Re: OO Boardgamers, what did you play this weekend?

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I may have to go check out Tash Kalar to get my play in.
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Isgrimnur wrote: Fri Nov 19, 2021 4:58 pm I may have to go check out Tash Kalar to get my play in.
Now you are really trying to make me cry.

Have fun anyway!
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Boudreaux wrote: Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:17 pm So here's a new one: has anyone played Cave Evil? It's published by a small game company, and has somewhat low production quality, but the art is neat and the concept is...different. Each player is a necromancer trying to kill all the other necromancers, or trigger and "win" the endgame condition. The various creatures and events that come into the game run from annoying to ridiculously deadly, and...well, here's an example of how gameplay can work. At one point, one of the players attacked a minion creature controlled by another player, killed it, ripped it apart, and built a suit of armor out of its bones.
I played Cave Evil for the first time today. It's pretty delightful - ridiculously overpowered abilities, goofy heavy metal monsters. All of us were new to the game and we had to look up more than a few rules edge cases, but I think that's fine for a 10-year-old indie game.
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Leaving Earth tonight, for the first time in quite a while. My son suggested it and was totally into the game, which made my heart grow three sizes.

Toward the end, it was clear that whoever was first to return a sample from the lunar surface would win. But time was running late, so we decided to undertake an unprecedented joint French-Soviet mission to bring those damn moon rocks back together.
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My wife surprised me for my birthday with Zombicide 2E base set and the two expansions, Washington ZC and Fort Hendrix. I'd never played the original Zombicide so I'd always been curious to maybe jump in with 2E, but was a little scared off by the simplistic ruleset.

I must admit my first run through I was thinking, "Is this it?" Zombies always hit, you're rolling basic 6-sided dice, zombies are either kill or nothing, no damage tracking. I had the sinking feeling this was essentially a kid's game and I'd made a terrible mistake ever pointing it out in the game store to my wife.

So I regrouped and skimmed another playthrough video where people were (apparently) having a blast with this dumb game, and decided to set it back up for another go.

On the second run I fixed some rules mistakes I'd made the first time around and due to some different card draws I'm now all of a sudden getting swarmed. There are zombies everywhere, and I've got a guy dual-wielding pistols trying to fend off their slow advance while a couple of kids try to smash and grab the objective before they're overrun. I'm screaming at the dice when they don't roll my way and cheering when they do.

That's when the game finally clicked for me. Yes, it's goofy and dumb, and that's exactly what it's supposed to be. Hordes of zombies, tons of carnage, frantically trying to do what you need to do before the odds shift. But it's also in many ways a puzzle game - figuring out how to use noise to steer zombies where you want them to go. knowing when to take risks and when to step back. It's fast, it's frantic, and it's really unlike anything else I have in my collection of minis-&-dice games. I still think it's a bit too simplistic for my regular gaming group, but I think I could get my son into it for sure.
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I still need to get around to devoting some time to Zombicide! I only have Rue Morgue, but it's been calling my name for a couple of years now.
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I bought Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle Earth yesterday during my FLGS' Black Friday Weekend sale. I hope to have time today to get in an adventure!

I sleeved about half of the cards (Items) last night after I got home. From what I can tell on BGG the other cards don't really need to be sleeved. Anyone have this game and have suggestions on whether the other cards need to be sleeved or not? Man oh man these cards are tiny! :shock:
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The only cards that need to be sleeved are cards that are going to be shuffled into a players deck and reshuffled (frequently in this game).

For example, if I'm playing as Aragorn my starting deck will be made up of the 5 or 6 Aragorn cards, the 5 or 6 Basic cards, whatever class cards I've chosen, say Pathfinde, and 1 random Weakness card. You only start with 3 class cards (the ones with green background numbered 1-3) but will eventually add more as you level up.

There are a number of Title cards that can be earned and added to your deck as well, and its possible to get stuck with more Weakness cards too.

The damage and fear decks are shuffled up but only at the start of a game so they're not shuffled anywhere near as often. Besides them there are terrain reference cards that don't really need to be sleeved... and the item cards are only ever laid out for reference so sleeveing them isn't a priority if you're short on sleeves.
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Well I was gambling that Zombicide would be a hit with my son (age 10) and hit the jackpot.

We played for 2 1/2 hours tonight. That's the first time he's sat down and played a board game with me since he was maybe 4 years old and still into Candyland. My wife said that alone was worth every penny. My son and I are super close, but getting him away from Fortnite to sit down with a board game was almost unheard of.

I skipped showing him the tutorial since I'd already played it twice, and decided to jump right into the deep end with the first real scenario. He picked up the rules very quickly, just needing reminders here and there of his survivors' special abilities.

Our first attempt I lost the game for us by leaving a survivor in a spawn zone, where she got jumped by 5 walkers and devoured. Rookie mistake, and one my son even tried to warn me about before it happened. I asked him if he wanted to retcon it and pretend I stopped short of moving into that zone, and he was having none of that "cheating." I figured he just wanted to get back to Xbox, so I started putting everything away.

"What are you doing?" he said. "We're trying again!" I had to set the mission back up for another attempt, this time winning quite handily thanks to the strategy he came up with. My daughter even got interested in the gameplay, offering to be the official "dice roller" for combat resolution.

I'm now a true convert. Even my wife started showing a bit of interest as she watched us. Sometimes I forget how intimidating these non-mass market games can be to non-gamers. What I initially viewed as simplistic is a perfect gateway for the family, and still a heck of a lot of fun.
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